Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


RETURN to school for our face to face students

Superintendent Bush let us know that we will be returning to learning for our face to face students on Monday, December 7th! Here are a few things to get ready:

  • pack up all the items we sent home (Computer device, earbuds, charger, SuperKids Books (soft and hard cover), Wonders books, supply box items, and other items we sent home on 11-11-20)
  • Devices will stay at school unless we have to quarantine a classroom or if we have to go to the remote setting again
  • Hot spots that have been borrowed to families will stay at home at this time
  • Please send the device agreement back with your child to give to their teacher
  • have your child practice wearing their mask for some time this weekend so they are prepared to wear it during the day again...this will continue to be the expectation as we return
  • remind your child about keeping a safe distance from others so that we help with mitigating the spread of the virus from others
  • let us know here in the office if your child has been exposed to someone with the virus or if there is someone in the house with the virus Updated district guidelines

Naming the new building

This past week I have remoted into all classrooms to do a lesson with students about naming our new building. We discussed naming things and how this is a big deal...and that we want their input also. I shared with them a Google Form to complete if they would like to submit a name for consideration. The form will close on Wednesday, December 9th at 8 PM. Thanks for working together to generate some great names for our new building! The link is also on our Coolidge website...see the link at the bottom.

Remote Students (who started the year this way)

Those families who have chosen remote learning for this child...there was another pick up last week. Please stop by...ring the doorbell...tell us who your child is...and we will bring the materials out to you. Thanks!


All students brought their devices home when we dismissed on November 12. Please see the agreement inside, complete and return when we return to school in person. The charger, earbuds and log in information was also provided. Please keep these items in a safe place so they can be returned when we return to school in person.

If you are having technical difficulties...please contact us at school 558-2167 is the main office and we can try to help you. If we are not able to help, you can also contact our district help desk at 558-2900.


Since we will be returning face to face, we will not be offering meals at Coolidge daily. If you are needing meals, they will be served at Johnson, Roosevelt and Wright (7th-9th...then Pierce starting on the 10th) from 11 AM to 1 PM daily.

Learning Environment Changes

On Thursday, all families received an email about changing learning environments for their child(ren). The change would be effective on January 27, 2020. Here is the excerpt from the email that is the most important to be aware of:

  • If you would like to make a change to your child/children’s environment, please reach out to your child’s building principal. They will work with you on your request for change, whether it is from the remote to in-person environment or from in-person to remote. These requests need to be made by Wednesday, Dec. 16th, by 12:00 PM. This will allow us time to make needed changes and adjustments to our staffing before the holiday break.

Please reach out to me via phone or email. I will need to talk with you on the phone to complete the survey to make the change in learning environments. Thanks for your patience and flexibility.


Thanks so much to those of you who made time to meet with your child's teacher the past couple of weeks. It certainly was a different way to do our conferences, but thanks for your grace and flexibility as we embark on lots of new learning this year. If you have not had a chance to meet with your child's teacher yet, please make every effort to meet with them. We have had 15 teachers with 100% attendance this fall so far! Thank you!!!

CR Activities from Parks and Recreation

Online registrations are now being accepted for Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department's winter-spring programs. The Play! guide, with programs for all ages and abilities, is available online at All Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Robins residents will receive the Play! guide in the mail starting Nov. 19.

Due to COVID-19, winter-spring programs are being offered virtually, or have been modified to allow for social distancing and other safety measures. They are subject to change or limits, depending on the most current health guidelines. Look for baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, snow kickball, track, swim lessons, school break camps, art classes, cooking classes, dance, karate, Kyudo Renmei, and more.

December Books to read

Here is a bookshelf of fall books to read/listen to online with your child!